April 2022 Newsletter

Renee Garrison

“Ah yes. Writing. Life. When? Where? How? That’s the problem. You can have a life or you can do some writing, but not both at once, because although life may be the subject of writing, it is also the enemy.” ~Margaret Atwood 

Are you going to the IBPA Publishing University 2022 on April 29-30 at the Renaissance Orlando? Dont miss our FAPA Panel Discussion, featuring Kathryn Hall Knight, Ginger Marks, John Prince and Jane Wood. (I’ll be moderating.) “Opportunities and Obstacles for Small Presses” will discuss the challenges faced by small presses, including the lack of a large staff of editors, illustrators, marketing, and distribution professionals like the big publishing houses do. Yet, there are advantages to being small, nimble and innovative. Their services can be more customized and personal to each author.  

Our “Practical Tips for Authors” webinars continue on Thursday, April 7, starring Kathryn Knight sharing her expertise on “Research: The Hunt for ALL the pieces of the Puzzle.”

2022 President’s Book Awards Chairman Bruce Ballister reminds me that the last date for submissions is April 30. Stop procrastinating and upload your book. It could be a winner!

Renee Garrison,
Florida and Authors Association.

The 2022-2023 FAPA Board is looking for a “Judge Wrangler” for our annual President’s Book Awards. That person must have “attention to detail, experience with excel spreadsheets and a certain degree of tact,” according to current Judge Wrangler Robert Jacob, who will become president of our organization August 1. The board position is a three-year term. 


Author, publisher and basket-designer extraordinaire Diane Harper is reaching out to FAPA friends for a little help. Diane agreed to create a stunning array of gift baskets again this year to be raffled at FAPACon 2022. (Proceeds benefit our two student scholarships.) Diane hopes that you are all feeling charitable, because she needs donations to help fill the baskets. Anything you decide to send – especially your award-winning books – will be beneficial. She’ll assemble the items into themed baskets that everyone loves to bid on! 

Please mail your items to:
Diane Harper
1719 Plantation Oaks Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32223

Thank you in advance for all your help!

Good news! – two FAPA scholarship opportunities are available annually to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in a writing/publishing related field (i.e., English, Graphic Design, Illustration, Book Art, Creative Writing, etc.) Scholarship applicants should submit their complete application packet in a PDF document to the FAPA Scholarship committee, at scholarships@myfapa.org by May 1. Applications are available on the website or by emailing renee.garrison@myfapa.org.

• Two applicants will receive cash awards of $500.  

• Complimentary FAPACon2022 and workshop registration 

• Complimentary FAPAcon2022 banquet attendance/meals  

• Complimentary one-year FAPA student membership 

Upcoming Contests & Industry Events

Florida Events

April 9-10 Writers Alliance of Gainesville’s 2022 Sunshine State Book Festival, Gainesville, FL  http://www.sunshinestatebookfestival.com/  

April 20-21, Virtual Program, on Attendify; April 29 – 30, In-Person Program: The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) IBPA Publishing University 2022 at Renaissance, Orlando, FL https://www.ibpa-online.org

May 14-2 Longleaf Writers ConferenceSanta Rosa Beach, FL https://longleafwritersconference.com

May 23-25 The 2022 Annual Florida Library Association Conference: “Libraries: Reset and Reconnect”
at Sawgrass Marriot Golf Resort and Spa, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL https://www.flalib.org

July 7-10 SleuthFest, Deerfield Beach, FL & Boca Raton, FL. http://www.sleuthfest.com

September 21-25 Novelist Inc Conference, TradeWinds Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL https://ninc.com/conferences/about-the-ninc-conference/

The 621 Literary Reading Salon is a space for writers at every stage of their journey to gather, share, and connect. The Salon is hosted by 621 Gallery in Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm. http://www.621gallery.org/621-salon-2/?fbclid=IwAR3iXnucy73mLTXHdscH4G8gFm3aZZ8FYJ9ei8yF2jGveYDw1QuiF_QBS1w

Poets & Writers has a well-organized list of conferences and residencies. You can search by event type, state, and admission.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs has a directory of over 300 conferences, centers, and retreats. 

Publishers Weekly keeps a list of key conferences and book fairs, worldwide. The list is ordered chronologically.

Poets & Writers Local is an app that lets you search for conferences near you.

Shaw Guides lists local, regional, national, and international writing conferences. Organized by month.

Writing Day Workshops are full-day “How to Get Published” writing events that happen all around the United States throughout the year.

Source: https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/writers-conferences.html

 Pitch-O-Rama on Saturday, April 30th

  Following last year’s successful, virtual Pitch-O-Rama, the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is thrilled to be bringing this highly anticipated event back for fiction and nonfiction writers to pitch their works to agents and editors for publication from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST. All writers are welcome to attend both the pre-pitch coaching event and the Pitch-O-Rama event.

To register for this virtual Zoom event and for more information, please visit our website using this link here.


                     It’s National Poetry Month!

Do you read poetry? If not, why not? Reasons to read it include learning something new about a place or a person, especially the poet; learning how to express something that may never have been expressed that way before or learning that a poet finds ways to see the beauty in things when we can’t.

One of my poetry groups meets twice a month via Zoom (although they have been threatening to go back to in-person meetings). Well-known poets are chosen by the group members and each of us does research on the poet. On the first Monday of each month, the member who did the research tells the group about that poet. And then everyone shares their favorite poem by this poet.  

On the third Monday of the month, we write poems after being given themes, but being rebel poets, we sometimes do not do the theme. As long as we are actively trying to write poetry, it’s all good.   

I wonder if going to a reading would inspire more interest in reading poetry. But now we are still dealing with covid-related illness and the threat of more isolation. For me this means I will turn to more to poetry to read.  Or to write. But I look forward to doing readings again.

If you write poetry, do you read other poet’s work? Many do not. Why? Are they jealous that someone else’s work might eclipse their own? Or do they think it is not interesting or relevant to what they are writing? 

At signing events, I get people at my table who say, “Oh…poetry. I don’t understand poetry.” I tell them, “I mainly write for fun and that you will understand mine. I don’t write confusing, pretentious, and boring poems.” I’ll open the book and turn to any one of them and hand the book to the person who needs fun poetry. 

Here’s an example: I call this one “Geezer”

I had a thought, it went away.

I had a wake for it today.

It came, it went; I could not recall

what I had thought before at all.

I mourn this thought as though a friend – 

so many thoughts have found such an end.

If you are over 50, you are probably either laughing or at least nodding your head knowingly. And laughter is always good. That was written two years ago during National Poetry month. I was challenged by the above poetry group to write a poem every day. And I did. I think I was the only one that did, the turkeys!

So, do yourself a favor this month, which happens to be National Poetry Month. Read some poetry. Better yet, try to write some!

Pat Stanford is the author of two double gold medal winning poetry books:

Proverbs of My Seasons; Poetry of Transition (DocUmeant Publishing 2019) and A Motley Miscellany; Misfit Poems that Fit Together (DocUmeant Publishing 2020)

Interesting Reads

“Idioms and How to Use Them” https://hallardpress.com/what-is-an-idiom/

“Banned Books 2020” https://hallardpress.com/banned-books-2020/

“How to Write an Effective Nonfiction Book Proposal” https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/90-FE-BookProposal.html

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Cheers to your good writing!

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